TV Interview with President Diana: How Soroptimist is Helping Women in the Military
SILJ is Showcased in the
The 59th Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival was attended by thousands of children and adults from all over San Diego. Our Soroptimist Club was showcased in a 1964 shiny Cadillac convertible owned & driven by Steve Raskind, friend of member Debra Levine. Riders were Diana Hill, Sharilyn Gallison, and Maureen Murphy. Walkers were Gaylyn Boone and Vickie Riggs. A prominent banner was carried by UCSD students Kristina Ryan and Daylin Anderson, future members of Soroptimist International of La Jolla.
Thanks go to Maureen Murphy (Owner/Hotelier of the La Jolla Village Lodge), and Steve Raskind (Entrepreneur & Classic Car enthusiast), for making SI La Jolla the highlight of the parade.
Photos courtesy of Vickie Riggs, Gaylyn Boone, and Diana Hill
Soroptimist is Growing!
UCSD Students (Kristina Ryan and Daylin Anderson, center) preparing to form
a new Soroptimist Club, shown with VP Vickie and President Diana.
Bonnie Mendenhall and Delores Fazzino are mentoring them to bring on 12+ student members!
2016-2017 Board of Directors
Front Row: Bonnie Mendenhall (Past President), Diana Hill (President), Vickie Riggs (Vice President)
Back Row: Anseth Richards (Director), Jackie Young (Parliamentarian), Rebecca Ritchey (Treasurer), Kit Ladwig (Secretary)
Bucket List Bash a Success!
U. S. Navy Commander to Speak at Awards Celebration for Women and Girls Hosted by Soroptimist International of La Jolla
February 15, 2016 - La Jolla, CA.
Linda Shaffer-Vanaria, former U.S. Navy Test Pilot & Squadron Commander, will speak at the 69th Annual Awards Celebration hosted by Soroptimist International of La Jolla (SILJ).
SILJ is a community service organization whose mission is to help women and girls succeed, and currently is focused on women in the military. This event’s audience consists of supporters and beneficiaries of that mission.
Social hour, lunch, valet parking, live music, and prizes are included in the ticket price of $55. Go to https://soroptimistlj.ejoinme.org/awardsluncheon.
When: 11am - Saturday, March 19, 2016
Where: A private club in La Jolla, CA
By invitation only. Space is limited. Please contact:
LA JOLLA, CA --- Soroptimist International of La Jolla (SILJ) joined hands with REBOOT at their 78th graduation of seventeen military women transitioning to civilian life. Of those, seven graduates will be mentored for the next year by SILJ. The SILJ Mentors are: Gaylyn Boone, Bonnie Mendenhall, Jackie Young, Robin Oleata, Carol Tuggey, Rebecca Ritchey, and Kate Woods. See photos. Keynote speaker Congresswoman Susan Davis gave a moving talk supporting the cause.
SILJ has made it their priority to help women in the military succeed. One of the organizations SILJ selected to partner with is National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) aka REBOOT. NVTSI established the first and only training program focused on overcoming challenges of veterans re-integrating into civilian life. This has gained a reputation nationwide as a first stop for their transition. SILJ is helping by offering awareness, funding, hands-on service, and mentoring of women graduates.
San Diego has the highest North American incidence of homeless veterans. And women, including single mothers with young children, are especially challenged. Studies show that women veterans face greater challenges than their male counterparts. Yet there are very few programs to help them re-assimilate into civilian life - and many feel left behind. To answer the call NVTSI, has launched the Women Veterans Initiative. They developed the REBOOT WorkshopTM to meet the unique needs of women veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. The REBOOT WorkshopTM is the nation's only transition program of its kind that provides women vets with tools they need to succeed.
“There are gaps between the services and support women veterans receive and those their male counterparts receive. One of those gaps is the need for mentors, and we are proud to partner with Soroptimist International of LaJolla to fill this void.” said Maurice Wilson, NVTSI President/Executive Director.
“Our Soroptimist membership is proud to contribute time, hands-on effort and financial support to this important cause,” says President Bonnie Mendenhall. “We are very impressed by the impact REBOOT is having on the outcome of discharged women veterans.”
About REBOOT (www.nvtsi.org): Founded in 2010, the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) is a San Diego-based 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining best-practice performance social solutions and techniques. The organization was established by a group of retired high-ranking Naval and Marine Corps officers and workforce development professionals who seek to fill a tremendous gap in veteran transition services where government-ran programs fall short.
Soroptimist International of La Jolla, founded in 1947, is a 501(c)(3) volunteer service organization for women in business, management, and the professions committed to making a difference for women and girls. The club joins up with 100,000+ other Soroptimists in 120 counties worldwide. (end)
Reboot graduates with their Soroptimist Mentors